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Posts Tagged ‘Holiday season’

Fun Thing This Season

Posted by terrepruitt on December 1, 2021

I am one of those people that opens gifts right away. If you send me a gift, I am going to open it. In person, though, I am shy about opening it unless you ask me to open it. If I am asked NOT to open it, of course, I will wait, but without instructions I am digging in. I think my friend sent me an advent calendar to help me exercise patience and control. It is cute and I am excited.

Funny, it is like advent is in the air. I had thought to send them out this year to everyone. I couldn’t find ones with the idea I had in mind for everyone so I only sent a few and . . . I got one. So fun. I also have an idea to do one with my husband next year, but we will see if that actually happens.

Do you/your family have advent calendars?

Happy December!

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Teach Others What You’ve Decided To Accept

Posted by terrepruitt on December 4, 2014

Someone posted this on Facebook. I agree with it.  I do feel that people need to set boundaries.  I think that sometimes people drain themselves or let others drain them (of time and energy) and don’t take the time to recharge or rejuvenate.  I think that sometimes situations like that can lead to “hard feelings” and resentment.  Not all the time, but sometimes.  I have seen relationships crumble because one person takes advantage of the other, but the one that was taken advantage of allowed it to happen.  Of course, when I see something I like, like this meme, and I want to use it as a spark for a post on my blog I want to give credit for the person that created it.  I appreciate it when all the information is there so it is easy to find the originator.  This woman, Anna Taylor, has an interesting story.  She is an international recording artist, a singer-songwriter, and speaker and radio host among other things.  You can hear her sing and check out her story on her site (click here).  I have seen this saying — or ones like it before, but this one ended up on my Facebook feed at a time when I was thinking the same thing so I save it for a future post.  Today is the day.

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I feel as if some people don’t respect their own time and energy so then others don’t either.  That is a lesson taught and a lesson learned.  I think sometimes people are also afraid to say “No,” for whatever reason . . . perhaps they don’t want the person asking to “not like them” or the person asking is family so there is an implied obligation . . . or it goes back to the person being asked just doesn’t respect or maybe even feel worthy of time to themselves.  I don’t know . . . it is all very personal.

I just like to be the one that supports people when they share with me that they feel bad, but they just had to say no to whomever because “they just couldn’t do it”.  Then they go on to explain how it would cause them stress. Sometimes you just have to say no.  Sometimes there are already too many obligations on the schedule.  It is ok to say no.

Love yourself, respect yourself.  Understand that your time and energy are precious.  Especially this time of year when there are so many things pulling us in so many directions.  It is GREAT to say no to something so you can sit on the couch with your family and a mug of hot chocolate.  Or whatever . . . remember . . . you get to choose.  And you teach people by your choices.

Does it seem as if this time of year the demand on your time and energy is greater than all year long?

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Happy To Have Nia

Posted by terrepruitt on December 3, 2013

I have students who come to Nia that amaze and inspire me.  After Nia class recently I saw someone walk out of class I wish I had talked to before they left.  But they left before I could make it over to them.  But then when I left they were still outside.  It was a new student so I was so happy to be able to say hello and get their name.  I realized later that I didn’t introduce myself, but at least I got their name.  Anyway, we were talking about their participation in Nia and they shared one of the reasons why.  It reminded me that exercise is a great way to help against depression.  There are studies and research that go a long way in proving that exercise does the body good when combating depression.  This is the Holiday season and some people get depressed.  So getting up and moving is a great way to keep the blues at bay.  I was so happy to hear this student being proactive and not letting the circumstances that have been presented get them down.

Exercise increases the production of endorphins, it also DECREASES stress hormones.  So TWO things working at once.  The decrease in stress hormones AND the increase in endorphins.  Endorphins are the chemicals that make you feel good.  So exercise makes you feel good.  Endorphins also act as natural pain killers working to mask pain.  Sometimes pain is a symptom of depression so in addition to just feeling good you are not in pain — two ways you are feeling good.

According to WebMD, one study — way back in 2005 — revealed that “30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week reduced symptoms of depression by nearly half after 12 weeks”.  This study was done at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Science Daily has a little article about how it is now believed that not only is exercise an effective way to treat depression it is also being considered as a way to prevent depression.  Seems to me like that would be a given considering all the benefits one can receive from exercise.  I mean, in addition to all the chemical reactions in the body you just have better stamina and/or mobility and/or strength and/or stability.

There is debate about what type of exercise, but what I am seeing is that it needs to affect the body . . . either get your heart pumping or your muscles changing.  Both is fine too.  It does not have to be extremely strenuous, but there should be a level of intensity that is not attained during your regular activities.

I would go out on a limb and say that most of us know exercise makes us feel better.  I don’t think we need to read the studies that the researchers are writing.  We have done it ourselves and KNOW without a doubt that working out makes us happy.  I think that it helps even more if the workout is something you enjoy.  But even if you are “doing time” on a treadmill it is better than sitting around.

So, again, I am so happily amazed by my students.

Often times the first thing that gets cut from a schedule when it starts to get busy is exercise.  Don’t let that fall off your calendar.

What about you?  Are you getting some exercise in?  What type of exercise makes you happy?

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Easy Pasta, Good For Potlucks

Posted by terrepruitt on November 19, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaAs often happens on blog posting day, the day has escaped me.  That is one reason why I post recipes — especially if I was not planning on posting one — the time of day comes when I need to be cooking dinner and I still have no idea what to post.  I recently made a favorite recipe of mine and when I made it I didn’t think I was going to post about it.  I know I say that all the time, but it is true.  I was having company so I didn’t take a picture of the ingredients, the process, nor the meal.  After having eaten it, I fell in love with it all over again.  I decided while eating it for a second meal, when it was left over, to post about it.  So I did take a picture at that time, but it is with leftover pasta and some of the noodles didn’t fare so well because I left it in the pan for a long time on the night I cooked it.  Well, I did mention I had company and I didn’t rush back in the kitchen after eating to tidy up.  Anyway, this is a great recipe for many reasons.

Since I teach Nia and I don’t have a corporate job I don’t experience all of the potlucks throughout the year and especially that happen over the holiday season, but this recipe is GREAT for potlucks.  It is a meal that is scrumptious hot off the stove, but it is still really yummy if it is room temperature or even cold.  You don’t have to worry with this dish that it is not piping hot.  So it makes great leftovers.  AND it is super, super, super simple.


Walnuts and Ham Pasta

2-3 tbsp olive oil
3/4 – 1 cup chopped walnuts, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped/minced
1 package of linguine
1/2 lb cooked ham, chopped into little chunks (ABOUT pea size or bean size)
1/4 – 1/2 c Parmesan cheese
3-4 tbsp parsley

Heat the olive oil a little bit.  Add the chopped walnuts to the oil.  Cook the pasta according to the directions/your liking.  After cooking the walnuts for a few minutes add 1/2 of the garlic.  Cook two minutes.  Add the ham chunks.  Since the ham is already cooked you are basically just warming it up and cooking it a little bit more.  When the ham is almost cooked to your liking add the rest of the garlic.

NOTE:  Since the olive oil is serving as the “sauce” you may need to add more as you are cooking.  It depends on how oily you want your pasta.  This is one of those “recipes” — where how much you use of the ingredients is really up to your tastes.

After you have drained the cooked pasta, mix the pasta and walnut-ham-garlic mixture together.  Top with the cheese and parsley.


This recipe makes a HUGE amount of pasta.  Keep that in mind and adjust accordingly.  You might decide you want more walnuts or less ham.  You know how the recipes are that I post . . . they are a guide . . . an idea . . . something to get you started.  Make it once, then go from there . . . or start off with making it your own.

Let me know how yummy you think this is.  AND let me know what you do to it!

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Letting Go

Posted by terrepruitt on December 7, 2010

In my most recent Nia class, I decided that I wanted to help people focus on the good of the season.  I think that sometimes there is a lot of negative emotions around the Holiday season.  By negative emotions I mean the way people actually feel during this time of year.  There is always the ever present I-don’t-believe-in-Christ-so-I-don’t-agree-with-any-of-it, the it-makes-me-sad-so-therefore-I-am-going-to-be-sad, the WHAT?-ITS-CHRISTMAS!  The feelings of inadequacy; there is not enough money, goals for the year were not accomplished, baking isn’t getting done, cards aren’t being sent, house isn’t getting cleaned, nothing is enough, there is too much . . . . .oh my the pressure!  I was thinking all of this is negative stuff.  So in class the focus was pushing away the negative, somewhat rejecting it, with the intent of bringing in the positive.

Both the “negative” and the “positive” is different for everyone so that was a very individualized point.  We didn’t discuss anything that I mentioned above, so everyone could rid themselves of whatever they needed and attract whatever they wanted. It was very nice.  It is a focus and an intent that can be used any time, I just thought we’d give it a spin this season.

As with all focuses and intents we use in a Nia class they can be carried into one’s day and/or daily living.  This is where the thought of “letting go” keeps popping into my head.  I love this season.  I love cleaning my house, getting it all ready to put up the decorations.  Then I love spending days . . . at least two or three days decorating the tree and the house.  I always laugh because sometimes I can’t remember where I “normally” put something and it might end up in a new spot.  Then I spend the season either saying, “Yes, that’s good.” or  “No, that really doesn’t work.”

I sometimes feel very foolish for the sheer joy I feel when I look at a silly Christmas decoration that I cherish.  But I do.  I feel joy at the beauty and the sparkle of Christmas.  This year since I am a bit limited in my movements I am having to really draw on that joy.  I am going to have to strategically place things so that I can see “Christmas” everywhere yet not have as many decorations out and up.

Things tend to work in concert.  We ended up with a much, much smaller tree than usual.  Cool, since my hubby had to handle it without my help.  Since it is smaller it will require less ornaments which will allow me to stay off my foot.  Also a small tree requires less maintenance and the couches didn’t have to be moved.  See?  It is all gonna work out fine, I just need to let it go.  Reject the negative when I start to feel a pout coming on.  It’s ok that it is my favorite time of year and I can’t run around.  Oh well.  I can walk.  My toe/foot IS healing.  It is all good.  For heaven’s sake its Christmastime.  Let the negative go, embrace the season, embrace the unity.

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